“A new study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has revealed that rampant unregulated use of antibiotics in the poultry industry could be a contributing factor to Indians developing a resistance against antibiotics. And that could be the reason why Indians are falling prey to several ailments that are otherwise curable.
With nearly 40 per cent of the tested samples of chicken being found to be heavy in antibiotic, public health experts say it could be a reason for increasing antibiotic resistance in India. “Antibiotics are no more restricted to humans nor limited to treating diseases. The poultry industry uses antibiotics as a growth promoter. Chickens are fed antibiotics so
that they gain weight and grow faster,” said Sunita Narain, director general, CSE.
Seventy samples of chicken in Delhi and NCR were tested to detect presence of six antibiotics widely used in poultry. These include oxytetracycline, chlortetracycline and doxycycline, enrofloxacin, ciprofloxacin and neomycin, an aminoglycoside. Residues of nearly five of the six antibiotics were found in the chicken samples.
Of the 40 per cent samples found containing antibiotic residues, 22.9 per cent contained residues of only one antibiotic while the remaining 17.1 per cent samples had residues of more than one antibiotic. Researchers pointed out that antibiotics were frequently pumped into chicken during its life cycle of 35-42 days.” – IndiaToday
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